In the preceding several years numerous new trails have been and are being added to the trails system. At the same time the same Congress has weakened, and continues to weaken, the working provisions and tools of the trails act to the extent that the true workability of most of the trails system is greatly reduced. In the simplest words, we love to designate trails, while at the same time we seriously curtail their workability on the ground…We are indeed deeply in the rut of creating ‘paper trails’— good stuff on paper, but fairly worthless on the ground where they really count.
—KEITH SEBELIUS (R-KS), remarks on the House floor, 1980
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